Maclean's among first in North America to hit newsstands with Michael Jackson issue

    TORONTO, June 29 /CNW/ - Michael Jackson spent most of his 50 years
either chasing the spotlight or fending it off. Maclean's goes inside the
glorious, controversial and troubled life of the pop culture legend in a
special 72-page issue, which features top-notch reporting, analysis and
spectacular photos - and came together in less than two days.
    Once news of the pop star's sudden death broke, Maclean's magazine didn't
miss a beat: Having just published a special double issue, the newsmagazine
was on a rare "down" week, when it wasn't going to publish. However, the
editorial team met and quickly decided this was a story Maclean's had to
    "It really was a challenge to put together this 72-page issue when we
weren't expecting to go to press this week," says Julie Osborne, associate
publisher. "However, as Canada's national newsmagazine, we thought readers
would look to Maclean's for some perspective on Michael Jackson's life and
death. The result is something spectacular, something we are truly proud of."
    The commemorative issue digs deep to provide an insightful and balanced
view of Jackson's complex and often troubled life.

    Some highlights:

    -   A life in pictures: stunning photos from his childhood and beyond
    -   His life: the story of his tumultuous career, from a boyhood bursting
        with talent to the Thriller era to his later years, beset by the
        paparazzi and rumours
    -   Reflections on a star: The voice. The dance moves. The fashions. The
        musical legacy
    -   Not your normal family: Of "sperm cells," blankets and balconies
    -   Drugs and doctors: the toll on pop's most physical performer
    -   His friends: The people who knew Michael Jackson best
    -   Family: Where are they now?
    -   Money: Michael's millions
    -   Goodbye Neverland: a selection of the King's treasures.

    The commemorative Michael Jackson issue of Maclean's is on newsstands
today in Southern Ontario and is rolling out in the rest of the country
Tuesday and Thursday

    About Maclean's:

    Maclean's is Canada's only national weekly current affairs magazine.
Maclean's enlightens, engages and entertains 2.4 million readers with strong
investigative reporting and exclusive stories from leading journalists in the
fields of international affairs, social issues, national politics, business
and culture. Visit

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    /NOTE TO PHOTO EDITORS: A photo accompanying this release is available on
    the CNW Photo Network and archived at
    Additional archived images are also available on the CNW Photo Archive
    website at Images are free to accredited
    members of the media/

For further information:

For further information: Louise Leger, (416) 764-4125,

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